The Tin Man’s a wizard at Hay­dock

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THE TIN Man hit the jack­pot at the third time of ask­ing in the 32Red Sprint Cup at Hay­dock on Satur­day.

Red-hot favourite Harry An­gel burst out of the stalls with­out a prob­lem this time af­ter his mishap at Royal As­cot, but may have used up too much gas too soon, as de­spite hav­ing a break on all the field bar out­sider Hey Jonesy, he was tread­ing wa­ter in­side the fi­nal fur­long.

The chal­lengers were com- ing from be­hind and for a horse who is usu­ally held up, The Tin Man hit the front with more than a fur­long to go un­der Oisin Mur­phy, who re­placed Tom Queally in the sad­dle.

Brando and Gus­tav Klimt, who was last at half­way on his re­turn to six fur­longs, were clos­ing in the fi­nal strides, but James Fan­shawe’s 7-1 chance hung on to win by half a length, hav­ing been sec­ond two years ago and third last year.

New­mar­ket trainer Fan­shawe said: “He’s a won­der­ful horse and is so con­sis­tent.

“You could ar­gue that he’d been un­lucky a cou­ple of times this year.

“Ev­ery­one is bi­ased towards their own horses, but I felt he’d run two re­ally good races at As­cot and Deauville.

“I was con­cerned about the (heavy) ground, but the rest of the fam­ily love it. It’s easy to say af­ter the event.

“It was a long last fur­long, but he’s won nicely. They went a bit quick and they got tired in front of him.

“He’s seen the trip out well and is a very good horse.”

Mekong ploughed through the mud to land a facile suc­cess in the Read Luke Mor­ris Blog At Uni­bet Hand­i­cap.

Per­sis­tent rain meant con­di­tions were test­ing on Mersey­side, but that proved no prob­lem to the Sir Michael Stoute-trained son of Frankel in the £100,000 con­test.

Held up off the pace set by Nat­u­ral His­tory, Mekong (9-4 favour- ite) cruised into con­tention two fur­longs out be­fore pulling away to score by seven lengths from that ri­val in the hands of Ryan Moore. Ele­giac was eight lengths away in third.

“He went through the ground. That was a big ad­van­tage,’’ said Stoute.

“He’s a promis­ing stay­ing horse. He’s been pro­gress­ing of late.’’

Great Scot is to be aimed at the Racing Post Tro­phy at Don­caster fol­low­ing his vic­tory in the 32Red As­cen­dant Stakes.

Trainer Tom Das­combe be­lieves the son of Re­quinto de- serves his chance in next month’s Group One con­test for two-yearolds at Don­caster af­ter the 13-8 favourite proved two lengths too good for Float­ing Artist un­der Richard Kingscote in the Listed heat over a mile.

“He’s a very nice horse and has done ev­ery­thing we have asked of him – back­wards,’’ said Das­combe.

“He has pulled like hell, he hasn’t set­tled.

“He’s done ev­ery­thing wrong and still won.

“The idea was we were go­ing to drop him out the back, hunt round and follow them through, but he was too keen as they’ve gone no gal­lop.

“The ground is bot­tom­less, but he ob­vi­ously han­dles fast ground and he was des­per­ately un­lucky to not to win on soft ground in France. That’s why we’re here now.

“He could be just a bit bet­ter. I think we’ll run him in the Racing Post Tro­phy. I think he de­serves his chance in a proper race and we’ll see how we get on.’’

He’s seen the trip out well and is a very good horse. Trainer James Fan­shawe af­ter his in­mate The Tin Man won the 32Red Sprint Cup at Hay­dock.

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